Top heavyweight and undefeated contender Luis Ortiz will no longer be working with Golden Boy Promotions, the company revealed on Tuesday.
The 37 year-old, who boasts a perfect 25-0 record, was due to appear on the Canelo v Smith undercard next month until a fight with Alexander Ustinov fell apart.
Ortiz and Golden Boy have now decided to move in different directions as the Cuban southpaw continues to hunt for a full world title shot.
“Today, Golden Boy Promotions and Luis Ortiz amicably parted ways,” said Stefan Friedman, spokesperson for Golden Boy Promotions.
“We are proud of the work that Golden Boy and Luis accomplished together culminating in his Heavyweight Interim Championship victory and subsequent title defenses. We wish Luis and his team all the best in the future.”
Reports in Russia still have Ortiz negotiating a deal to fight Ustinov, potentially in October, which could mean ‘King Kong’ has a big money move to Europe on the horizon.
Through his six-year pro career, Ortiz has put together an impressive KO ratio of over 80 percent having stopped 22 of his opponents and is in line to face the winner of Tyson Fury v Wladimir Klitschko II provided he gets past Ustinov.
The Fury v Klitschko rematch is pencilled in for October 29 in Manchester.